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Our horticulture educator at CCE-Broome just confirmed jumping oak gall as the culprit for a sample of damaged white oak leaves that were submitted for diagnosis. If you have white oak in your woodlot now is good time to look for this interesting insect. Fortunately the leaf damage does no lasting harm to the tree. Here's a link from Michigan State University that discusses this and other interesting oak galls …Continue
Added by Kevin Mathers on June 23, 2016 at 9:38am — No Comments
AVID - Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.
Kristi Sullivan, Peter Smallidge and Paul Curtis. Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY.
Obtain a copy here
The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can significantly influence New York’s forests. As selective…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on May 20, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments
The northern long-eared bat population has declined as a result of the white-nosed syndrome. Although forest harvesting does not impact the bat or habitat per se, felling a tree where a bat is located or disturbing a hibernaculum would be problematic. There are both state and federal regulations that apply.
Here is communication from NYSDEC on May 5 2016
"As you may know, the northern long eared bat (NLEB) has been listed by the USFWS as threatened due to declines…Continue
If you are one of those people who now harvest their wood lot for winter heating - and are getting older and just tired of doing so or have a wife who is encouraging you not to – then you may be interested to learn about new developments in New York State. Developments that contribute to local jobs, use local sustainable resources, supply alternative energy, maintain a market for low-value trees, and keep forested land from being lost to development.
New York State has given a…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Keokosky on April 20, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Sugar maple is one of the most iconic and economically important trees in our forests. This webinar will address some of the most important current and potential insect pests and stressors that may accentuate their impacts. Insects (and other pests) tend to target specific parts of trees. By understanding these parts, and their interaction with pests, owners, producers and managers can better understand and utilize methods of control. Join Mark Whitmore of the Cornell University…Continue
Somewhat related to the deer problem we have in our forests. Who knew that Italy was facing a similar problem with deer and boars? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/world/europe/italy-tuscany-chianti-wine.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
Added by Lewis E. Ward on March 8, 2016 at 8:52pm — No Comments
Many landowners seek entrepreneurial opportunities from their woodlands, as a way to offset management costs or as part of a business venture. Traditional opportunities have emphasized extraction of fiber (timber, firewood, pulp) or land rental fees (hunting leases), and of course maple syrup production.
The buying and selling of sap has also been part of the rural tradition of woodland enterprises. Often, though, the process for the transaction, how to value the sap, and how to…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on February 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Swedish traditional agroforestry!
Shifting cultivation Duration 36 min 47 sec. Nm No. 42. Movie recorded for the Nordic Museum. The film was busy under the management of Ola Bannbers. Photo Gustaf Boge, Ragnar Westfelt.'
Added by Lewis E. Ward on February 5, 2016 at 11:36pm — No Comments
Tree identification is a perennial favorite webinar topic, and the recent webinar on conifers was no exception. Over 100 participants on January 20 learned about the ecology and identification of 10 common northeastern conifers. Key features were presented, but importantly the process of learning a systematic approach was emphasized.
The webinar is now archived on youtube here.
I recently wrote an article about the…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 24, 2016 at 11:09pm — No Comments
New research. Efficacy? Cost per unit and efficacy is this viable? How quickly are the new lyme carrying tcks reestablished?Continue
Added by Lewis E. Ward on January 14, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The NYS DEC is hosting a webinar on Deer Management. You may participate online or attend the season at one of the listed locations.
We've heard from deer hunters that they don't see the deer when they are out hunting, part of the problem this year is that it was warm and the deer went nocturnal along with the full moon. Deer tend not to move in warm weather during the day after gun season starts. We here from a few citizens that they still expect to see more deer while…Continue
Added by Lewis E. Ward on January 14, 2016 at 4:25pm — No Comments
Heard a story on Marketplace this morning about forest legacy planning. Not a lot of details. But the forest owners technique for getting his grandchildren emotionally invested in the land made me smile.
Added by Jennifer Stengle on January 11, 2016 at 12:22pm — No Comments
Introduction to Maple Syrup Production (BF 151)
Tues. Jan 12 – Feb. 16, 2016.
Webinars will be on Tues. evenings from 6:30-8pm EST
This online course explores the possibilities of maple sugaring on…
Added by Steve Gabriel on December 21, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments
I did a quick notice, but wanted to give a more thorough description. This new publication has some useful information. The state forestry stats arrive every several years, and always have solid and useful information. This time, the analysis seems considerably richer and dissects some of the underlying patterns of forest ecology and human behavior. This is lengthy, over 100…Continue
It seems that many areas of the United States, and the world, have more quickly adopted agroforestry practices than New York and the Northeast. This is especially true for forest farming practices (e.g., ginseng, mushrooms) and silvopasture. Although maple syrup production is well established here.
The potential for woodland owners to participate in and benefit from a woodland enterprise centered on gourmet mushrooms production continues to expand. Mushroom production has…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments
Tree identification is a great activity, appropriate for most ages, and possible throughout the year. Although NY and the Northeast count scores of trees, a relatively few are common. The webinar linked below illustrates tree identification for common northeastern hardwood trees, but more importantly discusses strategies for learning how to identify all trees.Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on November 20, 2015 at 9:59am — No Comments
Many woodland owners are unsure how to get started in their woodlands. There is plenty of advice available. The short answer is spend more time in the woods. Soon, then, you start to ask questions and will seek assistance. In NY, the two best starting points are:
1. Cornell's Master Forest Owner volunteers, for non-technical assistance www.CornellMFO.info
2. NYS DEC Private Forest Lands …Continue
Logs to Lumber – Wise Use of a Renewable Resources
October 1, 2015.
Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester and Director, Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY 14853.
Support for ForestConnect is provided by the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and USDA National Institute of…